Cequent Performance Products, Inc. v. Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation et al

Filing 75

ORDER Granting in Part Plaintiff's 70 SEALED MOTION to Compel and for In Camera Review. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION CEQUENT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS, INC., Plaintiff, Case No. 13-cv-15293 Hon. Matthew F. Leitman v. HOPKINS MANUFACTURING CORPORATION et al.., Defendants. _________________________________/ ORDER GRANTING IN PART PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO COMPEL AND FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW (ECF #70) On March 3, 2017, Plaintiff Cequent Performance Products, Inc. (“Cequent”) filed a motion to compel the production of certain documents from Defendant Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation (“Hopkins”) (the “Motion to Compel”). (See ECF #70.) Hopkins has withheld production of these documents on the basis of the attorney-client privilege. In the Motion to Compel, Cequent asks the Court “to review the withheld documents in camera to determine whether they are privileged and, if not, then order Hopkins to produce them.” (Id. at 2, ECF #70 at Pg. ID 2272.) Hopkins opposes production of the documents and insists that the Court can determine whether they are privileged without an in camera review. (See ECF #74.) 1 The Court concludes that the best course of action is to conduct an in camera review of the documents. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS IN PART the Motion to Compel to the extent it requests an in camera review. Hopkins shall deliver unredacted copies of the documents identified in the Motion to Compel to the Court’s chambers within seven (7) days of this Order. The Court will then review the documents in camera and make a determination as to which documents, if any, should be produced to Cequent. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/Matthew F. Leitman MATTHEW F. LEITMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Dated: March 22, 2017 I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or counsel of record on March 22, 2017, by electronic means and/or ordinary mail. s/Holly A. Monda Case Manager (313) 234-5113 2

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